August 3, 2014
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 3 roundup
Queretaro 2, Pachuca 0
Camillo Sanvezzo scored for the second straight match to lead Queretaro to a 2-0 win over Pachuca Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Sanvezzo snapped a scoreless tie in the 58th minute, with a header off Antonio Naelson’s corner kick. Angel Sepulveda added an insurance goal in stoppage time, nutmegging ‘keeper Oscar Perez.
The Gallos Blancos improve to 2-0-1 and six points, while the loss drops the Tuzos to 1-0-2 (3).
Tijuana 1, Tigres 1
Tijuana and Tigres played to a 1-1 draw Friday at Estadio Caliente.
The scoring was over early, with Dario Benedetto connecting for Xolos with a sharply angled shot in the tenth minute and Juninho responding for Tigres with a volley in the 24th.
Dayro Moreno came close to snatching the win for Xolos, but hit the post. Benedetto had a couple of late chances, but could not get past netminder Nahuel Guzman.
Tigres (1-2-0) have five points from their first three games. Tijuana (0-1-2) earn their first point of the Apertura.
Cruz Azul 0, Veracruz 0
Veracruz played Cruz Azul to a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Azul.
Both teams finished with ten men after a stoppage-time altercation resulted in red cards for both La Maquina’s Anibal Zurdo and Tiburones defender Leobardo Lopez.
Both teams are also well back in the standings with only two points from three games and 0-2-1 records.
America 4, Puebla 0
Raul Jimenez led the way with a hat trick as Club America steamrolled Puebla 4-0 Saturday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Jimenez opened the scoring in the 15th minute, off Michael Arroyo’s left-side cross, and made the score 2-0 with a 62nd-minute penalty kick. Oribe Peralta, who drew the foul that sent Jimenez to the spot, made it a three-goal game in the 73rd, two minutes before Jimenez closed things out.
Wilberto Cosme had a couple of solid chances to put Puebla in the game, but could not find the mark with shots in the 18th and 27th minutes.
America are a perfect 3-0-0, with nine points. Puebla drop to 1-1-1 (4).
Monterrey 0, Santos Laguna 0
Monterrey and Santos Laguna finished scoreless Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
Both teams had their chances, but could not convert. In the 18th minute, Monterrey’s Lucas Silva forced a save from netminder Oswaldo Sanchez, and Darwin Quintero hit the post from distance for Santos Laguna in the 66th.
Sanchez saved the day for Santos in the final minute, diving to push 80th-minute substitute Omar Arellano’s shot around the post.
The Rayados are 2-1-0 with seven points, two points ahead of the Guerreros (1-2-0).
Leon 4, Morelia 0
Leon scored four second-half goals to run away from Morelia 4-0 Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Yamilson Rivera put the Esmeraldas on the board from distance in the 54th minute, and the game became a rout within a nine-minute span, with goals from Carlos Pena in the 73rd, Jose Cardenas in the 76th and Miguel Sabah in the 82nd.
The win was the first of the season for Leon (1-0-2, 3 pts). Morelia fall to 0-1-2 (1).
Atlas 4, Jaguares 3
Atlas remain near the top of the Apertura table after Saturday’s 4-3 win over Jaguares at Estadio Jalisco.
The Zorros trailed 3-2 at halftime, but snatched the win on unanswered goals by Luis Caballero in the 52nd minute and Enrique Esqueda six minutes later. Esqueda’s game-winner came on a header.
Vicente Matias Vuoso gave Jaguares a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute. Arturo Gonzalez equalized for Atlas in the 18th, but Julio Cesar Nava restored the Chiapas advantage four minutes later. Daniel Armenteros made the score 3-1 at the half-hour mark, before Rodrigo Millar made it a one-goal game three minutes before the intermission.
The Zorros improve to 2-1-0 and seven points. Chiapas are 1-1-1 (4).
Toluca 2, Pumas 1
Pablo Velasquez scored both goals in Toluca’s 2-1 shorthanded win over Pumas Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Velasquez converted a penalty kick in the 26th minute to open up a short-lived 1-0 lead for the Diablos Rojos. Matias Britos finished off a free kick two minutes later for UNAM, and the teams remained level until the 79th, when Velasquez used his head to redirect a free kick inside the far post.
Toluca played more than half the match with ten men, after Edgar Benitez picked up two yellow cards in an 11-minute span and was sent off in the 44th.
Toluca take over eighth place with a 1-1-1 record and four points. Pumas fall to 1-0-2 (3).